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The cross of the German “Synodal Way.”

Critics challenge German Synodal Way in light of abuse study

Jan 30, 2024

By AC Wimmer

A new study looking at survivors of abuse within the Evangelical Church in Germany calls into doubt the narrative that... Read more

Pope Francis meets members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors at the Vatican, April 29, 2022.

Pope Francis asks for annual report on Church’s efforts to prevent abuse

Apr 29, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pontiff was addressing the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Read more

Cardinal Luis Ladaria, now the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at a Vatican press conference, Sept. 8, 2015.

Vatican issues manual for bishops on handling reports of sexual abuse of minors

Jul 16, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued Thursday a manual to help bishops and dioceses follow Church procedure... Read more

Victims of clergy sexual abuse, activists, and lawyers gather in Rome, Feb. 21, 2020.

Argentine clergy abuse victims in Rome, one year after Vatican summit

Feb 21, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

One year after the Vatican hosted a summit on the abuse crisis, three former students of an Argentine institute which... Read more

St Peter's Square, Vatican City.

‘No logical connection’ between celibacy and abuse, CDF official says

Dec 13, 2019

A senior official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has defended clerical celibacy in the wake of... Read more

New York State Supreme Court building in Lower Manhattan. Via Shutterstock

Hundreds of lawsuits filed on first day of NY litigation window

Aug 15, 2019

Over 400 lawsuits were filed in New York state on the first day of a one-year window in the statute... Read more

 Exterior wide angle shot of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston, South Carolina.

South Carolina bishop named in New York abuse lawsuit

Aug 15, 2019

Bishop Robert Guglielmone of Charleston, SC, has been named in a sexual abuse lawsuit filed in New York.  Read more

Pope Francis with priests.

Francis urges priests to be faithful in time of 'ecclesial purification'

Aug 4, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis published a letter Sunday to encourage all priests to remain steadfast and prayerful during this time of purification... Read more

Dominican scholar: Church crisis calls for renewal of Catholic teaching on freedom

May 9, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

According to a Dominican scholar, the crisis of priestly fidelity is connected to a new cultural conception of human freedom... Read more

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.

Calif. attorney general investigating LA archdiocese sex abuse files

May 3, 2019

The California Attorney’s General’s Office this week wrote a letter to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, announcing that it will... Read more

7 September 2017 - celebration of the pilgrimage summorum pontificum for the tenth anniversary, cardinal of the Holy Roman Church Raymond Burke  EmanueleCapoferri / Shutterstock

Dubia cardinals ask bishops to confront ‘conspiracy of silence’

Feb 20, 2019

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller and Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke wrote in a Feb. 19 letter that the “horrible crime” of clerical... Read more

US bishops in retreat, Mundeline Seminary, Jan. 2019.

Pope calls for unity and conversion in letter to US bishops

Jan 3, 2019

Pope Francis has written to the bishops of the United States calling for a “change of mindset” to restore the... Read more


Where is Jesus in the midst of the Church's sex abuse crisis?

Dec 24, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Fr. Thomas Berg is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, a former Legionary of Christ, and professor of... Read more

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago. CNA file photo.

Cupich named to organizing group of Vatican's February meeting on abuse crisis

Nov 23, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican announced Friday Pope Francis’ selection for the organizing committee of the Vatican’s February meeting of bishops on abuse... Read more

Adoration at the parish of St. Andrew the Apostle, Silver Spring, MD. Photo courtesy of St. Andrew the Apostle parish.

'Repairing God's House': Maryland parishes hold days of adoration

Oct 14, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

Two churches in Maryland have held days Eucharistic adoration with prayers for healing from the recent scandals that have plagued... Read more

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth.

English bishop requests Extraordinary Synod on life, ministry of clergy

Aug 22, 2018

Bishop Philip Egan of the Diocese of Portsmouth, in southern England, has written to the pope asking him to convene... Read more